posted by Hollie-Anne Brooks

How dare people mention sex and masturbation on the Internet!

Sex. Masturbation. Condoms. Vaginas. Dildos. Feeling uncomfortable yet? No? Good, that means you’re in the majority of people who believe it’s perfectly acceptable to talk about sex and anything to do with sex. YouTube has opened up a world of sex education, acceptance and has been a pioneer in sexuality awareness. It’s also helped people understand that consensual and legal sexual acts are nothing to be ashamed of – but Zalfie’s latest video has got people anything but calm.

There’s clearly still some way to go when it comes to the normalisation of sex because two of YouTube’s biggest stars- Zoe Sugg and Alfie Deyes– brought up the topic of sex in a recent video and some fans freaked out. The video, which was uploaded to Alfie’s second channel, sees the couple sat at home, chatting through some replies to the following tweet from Zoe:

The couple then addressed a question from a viewer in which they asked: “Do you or have you ever played with yourself?”. Zoe and Alfie joke around that she wouldn’t feel comfortable answering a question about masturbation as her grandparents watch her videos, but Alfie reiterates that it’s a perfectly “healthy and normal thing to do”.

However, for Zoe, she’s clearly not as comfortable talking about the topic: “I could talk about ANYTHING else… Pooing, farting… periods, vaginas… But the one thing I can’t talk about is sex. I just can’t. I don’t know why, I’ve never been able to.” Alfie then adds: “I’m sorry if you guys don’t like talking about this stuff but it’s something in life. It’s completely normal”.

No big deal, right? Two, calm grown adults just touching on the topic of sex and masturbation in the privacy of their own home? In no way did the pair go into graphic detail that might have upset younger viewers, nor did they do anything which implied sex was something to be ashamed of. So we were a little taken back when Alfie tweeted the following:

We were surprised to see that people had taken such offence to their discussion, especially considering Alfie barely touched on the subject. YouTubers like Hannah Witton, Grace Victory and Melanie Murphy are just three creators of the top of our heads who strive to educate their audience about sex and make people of all ages realise there’s nothing wrong with having a healthy sex life- no matter your age, race, religion or gender.

So why does it make any difference when Zoe and Alfie spend all of two minutes talking about it? Let us know in the comments below if you have any thoughts.